Iris Becker Elementary

Learning Labs and School Reopening Plan

Dear Becker Families, February 10, 2021

By now many of you have heard that our community has met the health criteria set by our Board of Education and we can start our plan to bring students back to in-person learning through a phased in approach. Please see the timeline below that shows when your child’s grade level will be coming back to school.   

We have worked very hard to develop a plan that will allow us to safely resume a hybrid model of face to face learning. When we start to bring students back, you will notice that we have added signage and other safety measures to our school, stockpiled PPE’s, and enhanced cleaning procedures. Also, by the time students start coming back for instruction, all staff members who have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will have had the opportunity to get at least their first dose.  

The District plan is a phased in approach that will allow us to work through the process slowly and cautiously to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We will be working with our staff, students, and parents to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.  

As we get closer to our return to school, the principal and teachers will invite families to a virtual orientation meeting. Agenda items will include building and safety procedures specific to your child’s classroom, screening your child, how lunch time will work, special classes, and time for questions from you. 

Moving to this next phase is exciting news and we look forward to seeing your children in our classrooms. We also know that for some, it may bring about uneasy feelings or even concern.  Please know that all of us here at Becker Elementary are working to create the very best learning experience for your child while maintaining the safety of all students and staff. We want to thank you for entrusting us and look forward to seeing your children soon. 

Be safe and continue to Mask UP! 


Zahra Zreik


Becker Elementary 



General Overview of the Safe Start To School Plan

Face to face learning labs for students will start later next week on Thursday, February 18. Teachers will invite students to come in by appointment in small groups. Look out for a message from your child’s teacher with regards to when your child should attend learning labs.  

The second week after learning labs start, schools will start reopening to all students for blended learning. With blended learning, students will be in school two days a week – either Monday and Thursday (A Day) or Tuesday and Friday (B Day), and will work from home the other days.  Wednesdays will be live online classes for all students from home via Zoom. More information about which day your child will report is coming soon. 

The reopening schedule will go as follows:

Thursday, February 11th

  • Asynchronous all day (no live Zoom classes). All students will work independently at home on work assigned by their teacher. 

Friday, February 12th 

  • No School-Midwinter break

Monday February 15

  • No School-Midwinter break

Tuesday, Feb 16th 

  • Asynchronous all day (no live Zoom classes). All students will work independently at home on work assigned by their teacher. 

Wednesday, Feb 17th

  • Live Zoom for all students at 8:55 am and learning labs will begin remotely.

Thursday, Feb. 18th

  • Learning Labs begin in-person (students come in by appointment)

Monday, Feb 22 

  • All learning labs continue on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 
  • Schools prepare for student hybrid return based on the schedule

Monday, March 1: Hybrid schedule begins 

  • Kdg, First and 2nd grade students start in-school hybrid schedule
  • All grades begin the new schedule even if they are not face to face this week (see schedule below)

Monday, March 8th

  • Grades preschool, third, fourth, and fifth, start in-school hybrid learning.

Hybrid Schedule (Students will follow the schedule below on the days they come to school)

Level Classes Start for studentsClasses End for Students
ElementaryHalf day 9:40-12:459:40 am (Student Arrival)2:20pm (Student Dismissal)

Please refer to the district website for more information on the reopening plan and other important topics. Click on the link Board modifies reopening plan | The First Bell